The Week in Review: Housepainting, Misdemeanors, Wild Kingdom, and Reading to Achieve

LizzieLou | home & garden,reading,wildlife | Saturday, June 30th, 2007

First, for Eelaine…
here is the house


all decked out in “Hidden Sanctuary.” (It actually makes the house more noticeable.) The trim is “Brilliant White” and the porches are “Platinum Gray”. None of the immediate neighbors have yet commented.And the rest of the news…

1. I crankily report that the painter has not returned to do those last few spots. The four ladders that were in the yard for a few days have one-by-one disappeared. There are still the buckets filled with paint slop. After our talk last weekend when Mike said he might come back after dark and “take care of them” (and then gestured towards a house down the street that is being gutted – thus indicating to me that he might go dump them there), I am a little relieved that they haven’t vanished mysteriously, but a little bit pissed-off that they are still here. I will have to take them to the other side of the city to the household hazardous waste site; a strenous and messy undertaking I put off again today. For the most part we have our backyard back.

2. I have an amusing story from a co-worker that I am not supposed to tell anyone involving something lost, something found, some trespassing, some crying, some breaking and entering, something being tossed over a fence, and some bureaucratic neglect. (I am unsure if I should spill it or not.)

3. I commuted rather uneventfully every day this week. I didn’t get into a fight with anyone, was harassed not at all, and grossed out very little! Amazing! However, it was a critter intensive commuting experience. I witnessed a crow eating a dead pigeon (which is not something I had ever at all imagined in my head to my self until now even once) and I had to do a little do-si-do two-step with a pair of medium sized grey rodents so we could avoid stepping on each other. I did have a little Eek!-A-Mouse-or-wait-maybe-that-was-a-ratty moment, but not because I am normally one to say “Eek!” but because of the curiously bendy scampering and the near squooshing.

4. I have taken up the library’s challenge to all adults to read three books this summer. I am well on my way to finishing the first three in order to procure my Big Reward of a Starbucks(TM) coffee card and to be entered into the Big Bookbag of Crap Sweepstakes! I have to fill out a form which includes a few sentences about each book, presumably to test that I have actually read them. Will someone be checking? (Janie?) In my youth, my mother issued a similar challenge where for every 10 books I read, she would take me out to buy a new one. My first three entries are:

“The Discomfort Zone” by Jonathan Franzen (a rambling but ultimately engaging memoir about growing up awkwardly, experiencing the death of one’s mother, and discovering the joys of birdwatching, which includes the word ‘eidetic’);

“Cross” by James Patterson (the latest in the series of popcorn detective novels that I began reading when I worked at Barnes and Noble where the first not very challenging book was left in the breakroom, which does not include the word ‘eidetic’); and,

“Intertwined Lives: Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict and their Circle” by Lois Banner (because once an anthro major, always an anthro major and who could resist the riveting drama of well-known academics, their lesbian love affair, and dollops of biographical information on anyone they ever came into contact with ever, which also uses the word ‘eidetic’ multiple times).

5. And finally, if anyone asks, you saw me at 78 different parties this weekend and I was having an AWESOME time at each one.


  1. Yes, I read each entry personally and create a thorough quiz on each book that the “winner” of the Big Bookbag of Crap has to answer before officially winning. If your cheating is discovered (and it will be), I then flog you with the Big Bookbag of Crap before shipping it off to a more deserving winner. Be forewarned!

    Comment by Janie — July 1, 2007 @ 3:25 am

  2. Nice pics. The house looks … pink. Old, but pink.

    It’s generally bad blogging form to tantalizingly hint at a story and then drop it. Mostly because if you didn’t have friends like me, how bad would you feel if no one cared enough to prod you for more?

    I enjoy your book reviews. You should release a compilation, Leonard Maltin style.

    If anyone asks, I worked all weekend so you’re on your own at your parties.

    Comment by elaine — July 1, 2007 @ 11:55 am

  3. I shalln’t cheat, no sirree. Although… I have renewed that Banner book to the max already and I don’t think I’m going to get it all finished by Thursday. I think I’ve had that book out for nine weeks, and now I will have to check it out again. WHAT IF THE LIBRARY RUNS OUT OF COFFEE CARDS BEFORE I GET MY BOOK FINISHED AND MY SPECIAL REPORT TURNED IN? WAAAH! I will lay on the floor in front of the circulation desk and moan loudly (in both English and Espanol) until someone brings me a latte.

    Comment by LizzieLou — July 3, 2007 @ 12:11 am

  4. Ok, I wasn’t REALLY looking for some proding. Here is a short outline as I continue to try to protect the justifiably naughty:

    something lost = smallish purebred dog
    something found = turned in a town away
    some trespassing = intrepid pet owner
    some crying = her girlfriend
    some breaking and entering = into the pound
    something being tossed over a fence = smallish purebred dog
    some bureaucratic neglect = neither party reporting the incident

    Comment by LizzieLou — July 3, 2007 @ 12:20 am

  5. Hey, sounds almost exactly like an episode of “Spaced.”

    Comment by eelaine — July 3, 2007 @ 4:10 am

  6. I looked up “Spaced.” I want to watch!!

    Comment by LizzieLou — July 5, 2007 @ 6:57 pm

  7. Tis highly recommended. Would you like me to loan you my copy?

    Comment by eelaine — July 6, 2007 @ 6:52 pm

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